William J. Lesh, Sr., 75, West Mountain of Scranton, died Christmas Day at home after an illness. His wife of 42 years is the former Lynn Johnson. .
Born in Scranton he was the son of the late William F. and Mary Schamberg Lesh he was a graduate of the West Scranton High Class of 1958. He retired from the Scranton School District in 2002 from the maintenance department where he was a stone mason for over 30 years. He was a United States Army Veteran.
He was a Forest Fire Warden for the PA Dept of Forestry. An avid hunter and fisherman, he enjoyed spending summer vacations at Lake Genero. Bill was a former treasurer and coach for the Lackawanna Little League where he had the honor of coaching his sons and was a former stock car driver, racing at Moc-A-Tek Speedway. He was a fan of the Chicago Bears, Penn State Football and the New York Yankees. Bill was the neighborhood handyman, fixing all the of the neighbor’s lawn mowers. At Christmas time he especially enjoyed his model train setup.
His grandkids and great grandkids were the joys of his life along with his beloved dog Rusty.
Surviving are daughters Bonnie Owens and her companion Tim Smith of Greenfield Twp., Lynn Marie Lesh of Scranton and Diana Galdieri and husband Randy of Scranton; sons Glenn Lesh and his wife Jennifer of Moosic Lakes, William J. Lesh, Jr and his fiancé Ellen Van Sickle of Moscow and David A. Lesh and his wife Dawn of Scranton; nineteen grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; sisters Frances Cleary and Margaret Lowry both of Scranton; several nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by a sister Mary Diana Altenhain.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 10am in the Vanston and James Funeral Home 1401 Ash St. Scranton with Rev. Jerry Major, III of NEPA Youth for Christ officiating.
Friends may call Tuesday from 4-7pm.
Interment, Abington Hills Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, because of Bill’s love of horses memorial contributions may be made to Equines For Freedom PO Box 53 Factoryville, PA 18419.
Those serving as pallbearers were: Glenn Lesh, William Lesh, Jr, David Lesh, Randy Galdieri, Brett Lesh, Doug Altenhain, Billy James, Greg Cleary and Robbie Owens